Terre Kitchen food blog editors Gintare Parulyte and Antje Taiga Jandrig
Photo: Yoane Yandrig
Luxembourg foodie Gintare Parulyte hopes to show how easy and exciting vegetarian cuisine can be with her cookery blog Terre Kitchen.
Lithuanian national Gintare Parulyte appears to be making up for lost time when it comes to cooking. Having “started from zero” in her early twenties thanks to three friends, she quickly became hooked, despite a few setbacks.
“I remember going to a supermarket and asking the salesperson for a pumpkin because I had no clue what it looked like,” she recalls.
Her passion was further fuelled when she discovered the Israeli-British chef Yotam Ottolenghi and tried as many of his recipes as she could. “I would spend hours every day, peeling, chopping and filling my home with the most wonderful smells, as well as turning my kitchen into a graffiti canvas of cooking stains.”
But she reached a new turning point when she met friend and fellow foodie Antje Taiga Jandrig, in Berlin, five years ago. The German photographer, who also cooks for the crew of a local production company, taught Gintare the importance not only of flavour but also how different foods make a person feel. “We also happen to have the same food intolerances. Instead of seeing them as obstacles, we celebrated the creative ideas they sparked in us,” Gintare explained.
Then came vegetarian cooking
Gintare recalls how disappointed she and Antje were with the blandness of many vegetarian recipes which she said “unfairly justified” the flak vegetarian food already comes under. “All of this led us to want to share the recipes of dishes we cooked every day, vegetarian dishes, most of them vegan, lactose- and gluten-free, which taste so good they don’t need a specific label.”
Antje, a “genius with all things sweet” often takes care of the desserts though the division of tasks is fluid. “I don’t think any of ours are difficult…our desire is to show how easy and exciting vegetarian cuisine can be and, if we manage to befriend our readers with some new techniques along the way, then that’s whipping lovely!” Gintare said.
Each month, Delano will publish a recipe from Terre Kitchen. Check out the first recipe on 8 June.